the curator

I'm happy to announce that The Curator launched today! Look to your right for a button to click ~ I'm in love with that logo designed by John Hendrix.

[if you'd like to add a Curator button to your blog or web site, just shoot me an e-mail (see my profile) and I'll send you the code]

Obviously, I'm excited to be published, but even more than publication, I cannot wait to sit down and read the other articles. The Curator is exactly the type of web zine I live to read, so I'm thrilled and thankful to be part of such a great group of writers. The mission of The Curator is right up my alley, too. I agree wholeheartedly with this excerpt from Alissa Wilkinson's editorial, "Why The Curator?":

"Here, we’re providing a place for you to find artifacts of culture which we believe are worthy of your time, either to contemplate as a reflection of the good, the beautiful, and the true, or to cause you to ask important questions about the many dimensions of humanity - thought, expression, faith, citizenship, mortality, recreation, and our relationships with ourselves and each other. Our goal is that you will find the ideas and cultural objects presented in The Curator to be fresh, insightful, and thoroughly worthy of your attention."

Here's the table of contents for this first edition:

Why The Curator?
Alissa Wilkinson
Why do we need another culture magazine?

Three Sanctuaries
Jenni Simmons
A look at the de Menil collections in Houston and the idea of sanctuary.

Mütter Museum’s Gruesome Grace
Rebecca Tirrell Talbot
Seeing the human story in beauty’s ravages.

The Redemptive Power of Forgiveness
Christy Tennant
A cinematic look at revenge, brokenness, and forgiveness.

McCain, Barack, and 30 Rock
Alisa Harris
Timely television for a real-life political circus.

On Being in Strange Places
Wayne Adams
Religion and art collide in an unlikely place.

Vive le Salon!
Samuel Kho
An interview with Los Angeles art salon host, Ryan Callis.

Rethinking What It Means to Be “Made In America”
Sarah Hanssen
Entering a hopeless world to find humanity.

Pay Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain
Kevin Gosa
How one man's creativity can change the course of history - through rock and roll.

Intro to Pastry
Daniel Nayeri
Luxury, necessities, and cake.

Yes, Video Games are Art
Matt Cox
Finding beauty in an unexpected avenue.

Enjoy your reading (and thank you for doing so). I'd love to hear your thoughts.


allison said...

I just printed out your piece and look forward to savoring it over the long (handy!) weekend. Congrats on being part of what looks like a very exciting venture!

Laura Leigh Dobson said...

just read your article. i printed it off as well and stretched out on the couch to read it. i loved it. keep up the good work!

kate o. said...

so great, jenni! i've been reading through several other articles and am really enjoying them. when i finish i'll give you some of my thoughts. and what an interesting history of the menil family. great work! can't wait to read your next article.

jenni said...

Thanks, y'all!

robyn a. jones said...

congrats on being published, i can't wait to read!

nicole said...

congrats on being published. I'm off to read your piece...

shari said...

congrats jenni!

jenni said...

And thanks, you three.